Our Junior Church called the Ark meets during the 10.30 Parish Eucharist each week during term time, apart from when there is a Family Service. This group is for all ages from 3 upwards. New children are always welcome and activities take account of the variation in ages.
The group uses Bible-based resources and a mix of games, craft and drama to explore different topics. The group also covers other activities such as making banners for Harvest and Christmas and decorating cakes for Christian Aid.
Children begin the service with family and congregation and re-join after the prayers (a little over half way through the service) and are encouraged to show their work and be an active part of the services. They come forward for a blessing during communion.
Ark contact: Karensa Shaw
These are usually on the first Sunday in the month. They are short, bright and have something for all ages. Cards with the dates for the year are kept near the Church entrance, and the dates are also on the Our Services page.
At a Family Service there are lots of opportunities for involvement, with a wide range of activities, readings and drama.
Our Christingle service held in early December is loved by many children and their families, as we make a circle around the church and sing Away in A Manger with candles lit on our decorated oranges.
For 2017, the service is at 5pm on Sunday 10th December.
The Crib Service at 3.30pm on Christmas Eve is an opportunity for many children to be involved in dressing up, telling the Christmas story, bringing up our crib figures, and singing familiar carols. With star biscuits to eat afterwards, what better way to start your Christmas celebrations! The donkey called Rocky who carried Mary down the aisle was very popular in 2016.
Our Good Friday morning service is a chance to join in the story of Holy Week, as we move round the Church and have a craft activity at each point.
After the service the children make our Easter Garden.
DURING OUR SERVICES
There is a Children’s Corner with table and chairs, toys, paper and crayons and a library of children’s books. Baby changing facilities are available in the Parish Room next door.
We are happy for your children to be in church during the service or to use the Parish Room is they prefer.
The children also have the opportunity to sing together at special occasions, such as the Carol Service. Here is a picture of the choir practising.
Thommy’s Tiny Tots
Wednesday Mornings in term-time
10.00 am-11.30 am
Looking for somewhere to take your baby or toddler? Would you like to meet other parents and children? Why don’t you give us a try?
We have a variety of toys, craft activities every week, refreshments for children and grown-ups, singing at the end of each session.
You can find us in our Parish Room at St. Thomas Church.
Please join us – you’d be very welcome!
Guides and Brownies
St Thomas’s has a long history of association with Guides and Brownies. There are currently two large and enthusiastic Guide groups and one Brownie group. These are enormously popular in the parish and the town.
Guides on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
– Contact Brenda Howes 07732 252105
Brownies on Fridays from 5.45pm to 7.15pm
– Contact Avril Edwards 01892 532556
Guides on Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.15pm
– Contact 07765 558885
Sponsored by St Thomas’s and St Dunstan’s churches, but usually meets at St Dunstan's.
What? Games, food and action to help others.
When? Once a month (usually on the second Sunday).
Who? There are two groups.
For children of primary school age: 4.30 – 5.30 pm with party tea.
For secondary school age: 6.00 – 8.00 pm with supper.
Some overlap between the two is possible, if your child wants to move to the next group early. All meetings are about helping others and having fun, they will appeal to young people of any religion or none. Older members are free to get into discussions on wider issues.
Contact Anne Musker on 01892 539150.